"Can I Cook My Sister?": One Dad's Quest to Answer His Son's Most Baffling Questions
On Sale: September 6, 2007
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Non-Fiction | Self-Help Relationships
How a New York Times editor set out to answer the
peculiarly marvelous questions of his precocious young son-
and wound up on an unexpected journey of his own.
Wendell Jamieson's son, Dean, has always had a penchant
for . . . odd questions. "Dad," he asked, apropos of
nothing, "what would hurt more-getting run over by a car,
or getting stung by a jellyfish?" "Dad, why do policemen
like donuts?" "What's it feel like to get stabbed?" "Does
Mona Lisa wear shoes?" "Can I cook my sister?"
Because "Dad" was a newspaperman, he decided to seek out
answers-and got swept up in the hunt. He spoke to movie
directors and ship captains and brain surgeons and
stabbing victims and lottery winners and museum curators
and politicians and judges and compulsive shoppers and
mothers-in-law and magicians-even Yoko Ono and a
But what began as a lark quickly grew into something
larger. Blending a charming father-son journey with the
surprising, sometimes hilarious questions and answers it
spawned, Father Knows Less offers a heartwarming
exploration of that childlike curiosity that lives within
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